This Geelong Community Foundation program engages with senior secondary school students to help them appreciate the contribution made to society through philanthropy and how they could become involved through the Schools in Philanthropy program.

With mentoring provided by members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Development Manager Sally Friend, six or seven students from each school learn about the charitable sector and the various needs that exist within a society.

The program covers the origins and practice of philanthropy, the activities of the not-for-profit sector and the services provided to the community by charitable organisations located within the Geelong region.

The students participate in the identification and assessment of grant applications made by local charities.  After having interviewed the applicants and with guidance from the mentors, each school’s committee then makes grant recommendations totalling $20,000 to the Foundation Board, culminating with the announcement of grants at the Foundation’s annual Grants Reception.

The program has been welcomed by the Principals of the four schools and is providing a practical way of educating and involving young people in the activities of the philanthropic sector.

In 2016 the Schools in Philanthropy program awarded grants to 12 organisations.